Scrooge opened his eyes, completed disoriented. He was lying on a gurney in a moving vehicle.
Ambulance, he thought. His chest and ribs ached mightily. Oxygen flowed through a tube into his nose. He swam in and out of consciousness. Struggling to sit up, he noticed the driver of the vehicle had on a flannel shirt and jeans and was smoking a joint, which he handed to a similarly dressed man in the passenger seat.
“What the hell is going on? Take me to the hospital at once.”
“Aw, hang loose, dude. You don’t need a hospital,” the driver said exhaling slowly.
“Let me out of here now,” Scrooge yelled, pulling at tubes and tapes. “Who are you?”
“Co-ghosts of Christmas Past,” the passenger said. “You want a hit?” he proffered the smouldering joint toward Scrooge.
The vehicle screeched to a halt, and the men jumped out, ran around and opened the back doors. The gurney slid out and the men helped Scrooge to his feet. Scrooge recognized the neighborhood as the college campus of his alma mater. A rowdy crowd gathered under a window, carolling slightly off-key.
The window above the crowd flew open and a younger version of Scrooge appeared. “Get out of here. Move on.”
“We’re collecting donations for the local food bank to feed the homeless,” a beauty with golden curls yelled up. “Your family is richer than God, Scrooge. Share the wealth.”
“My family is keeping the wealth. Move on.”
“Well, Merry Christmas anyway,” the sweet-faced blonde yelled up.
“Merry Christmas, my ass” Scrooge countered. “Get the hell out of here.”
The group wandered away, mumbling.
The two men bundled Scrooge back onto the gurney and into the vehicle.
“Who was the blonde?” Scrooge asked. “She looks familiar”.
“Her name is Patty,” the driver said.
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I crazily agreed to participate in BlogFestivus again this year (I pooped out last year). I hope you’ll visit all these talented writers who are tossing out 200 word offerings during this year’s festivities.
Linda penning at linda vernon humor
Tom over at Shouts from the Abyss
Steve from Stevil
Maria-Christina blogging at MCWhispers
Dylan of Treatment of Visions
Sarah from Parent Your Business
Dawn blogging at Lingering Visions
K8edid from k8edid
Dave bringing it at 1pointperspective
Eileen from Not The Sword But The Pen
Lindsey at RewindRevise
Kandy of Kandy Talk
Sandra writing at In Love With Words
Natalie from So I Went Undercover
Jen at Blog It or Lose It
Amelie from In the Barberry
Cee Cee blogging at Cee Cee’s Blog
Ashley from LittleWonder2
BD writing Blogdramedy